Years ago, in the late 1970s, Chuck Berginc joined the San Antonio Symphony as the orchestra's second trumpet. Chuck's career later took him to several years as principal trumpet in the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico and more recently (if 30 years can be considered recent) principal with the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra as well as principal trumpet for the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra.
Ever wonder what it takes to become a successful professional trumpet player? Everyone has their own story, so here is Chuck's, in his own words (and notes).
This weekend the San Antonio Symphony completed their Brahms Festival and sent out their next season to subscribers. Today they publicly announced the lineup that includes superstar violinist Joshua Bell, local favorites The Children's Chorus of San Antonio, and a Dvorak Festival.
San Antonio Symphony debuts on its curated concerts at the Majestic
While the San Antonio Symphony usually plays one pair of identical subscription concerts, their Brahms Festival will show different programs each day. The festival and concerts started back in January, but this Friday will mark the symphony's first concerts for the festival.
Kirill Gerstein will perform both Piano Concertos and the other half of the Friday and Saturday concerts will have the First and Second Symphonies.
While this weekend's program is setup traditionally as an overture, concerto and symphony, the music is more than just everyday. "If anything is typical, it's the concerto that we're playing, the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole, which itself isn't typical, but it's the one where people might know the melodies," says Karen Kamensek.
The return of this former Houston Opera conductor to Texas also welcomes an American gem, Charles Ives' Symphony No. 2.
Jeff Garza solos with the symphony this weekend in Mozart's Fourth Horn Concerto
You often see Jeff Garza at the back of the orchestra, leading the San Antonio Symphony horn section, but this weekend, you'll have the chance to hear Jeff also shine in a concerto, out in front of the orchestra!
There are three chances to go to Holiday Pops and hear seasonal favorites with Akiko Fujimoto and the San Antonio Symphony featuring guest vocalists Cristal Smith, Eric Schmidt, and the Children's Chorus of San Antonio this weekend.
The first two concerts are at the Majestic Theatre and include holiday classics by Leroy Anderson, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and John Rutter.
A five-ton 48-foot purple steel beam spotted with signatures and adorned with the Texas and U.S. flags now sits on top of the Tobin Center. Bruce Bugg, chair of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation said the topping of the structure is the end of one phase of the reconstruction.
Akiko Fujimoto is the assistant director of the San Antonio Symphony and her duties include giving pre-concert talks, knowing the repertory just in case (called cover conductor), conducting educational and pops concerts, and this year leading a new series of baroque concerts with musicians of the San Antonio Symphony. All of that happens to overlap this week with performances of the Nutcracker.